The first thing that needs to be done is to set up your company. Log in using the username and password you chose at the time of registering by clicking the link in the blue toolbar at the top of this page. You will be taken to your dashboard.
On the Dashboard page, please ensure that your contact details are correct. If you have the authority to log in to multiple estate agency accounts, please select the agency from the panel in the right hand column.
Next, refer to the menu in the left-hand column and click Agency Details.
Please check that your billing details are correct and update them as necessary. Clicking the pencil icon in the top right of any panel enters Edit mode for that panel.
In this screen you can also choose your subscription level, depending on the number of properties you have on your books. And you can add your colleagues to the system with either Administrator authority or Regular User authority. .
Getting the properties to display in your web page
You can watch a video demonstration of this process below.
The processes demonstrated in the video above are described in detail below.
- Load JQuery. Our minimum requirement for JQuery is 1.6.4. Our example loads JQuery from Google's API repository.
- Insert BDP Snippet, for best performance we suggest pasting in to the footer of the html document, just before the closing body tag.
Let's now look at these steps with practical examples:
Google Maps code
Displaying the results in the page
The tag with id "home_res_container" outputs the default output for a given page. One the homepage this will show the specified output (carousel or slide show), this tag will also output search results and property details.
<!-- BDP Advanced Search Box --><div id="search_box_container"></div><!-- BDP Main Output --><div id="home_res_container"></div><!-- BDP Sidebar Search --> <div id="sidebar_search"></div>
Customising the Output
The look and feel of each output can be controlled via the Branding & Appearance page found in the BDP user interface. Basic colours and fonts can be controlled in "Logo & Colours". For a more detailed level of customisation, each html and css template can be overwritten by specifying the full url to a custom template. You can see that there is a custom template set for the basic search box already.
Note that if you do this in a local (offline) version of your website your free trial WILL NOT START YET. You have as long as you like to test offline and only when you put the script into a live page will the 30-day period start.
Pre-populating your database. A possible short-cut
If you are a Right Move subscriber, we offer a simple facility to pre-populate your database using the information that you currently have listed on Right Move. Please note that this is imperfect and incomplete, but should help with a substantial amount of the work in initial setting up.
To use this facility, enter the full URI of both the Sales and Lettings path to your agency's page on Right Move. For example: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/find/My-Agency/My-Address.html?locationIdentifier=BRANCH%5X12345&includeSSTC=true&_includeSSTC=onTo find this, on the Right Move website, click Find Agent in the top menu and fill in the search boxes. When the agency page comes up, click View Properties for Sale or To Let as appropriate. In the address bar of your web browser, copy the full address as in the example above. Ctrl + C (cmd + C on Mac) on your keyboard will copy. Then paste into the BDP page - Ctrl + V (cmd + V on Mac). Finally, click the left-hand most icon in the panel and your data will load from RightMove. PLEASE NOTE that this facility is provided "as-is" and has not been approved by Right Move. We can not be responsible for any errors or omissions and we recommend that you check the resultant data thoroughly.
BDP is configured so that your properties can only be displayed on your website. Please enter your domain details into the Domain Details panel. The domain name is the plain name without www, e.g. domain.co.uk The listings page URL is the full path to the page where your property listings and full search results will be displayed. Normally you might have some featured properties and a search box on your home page, with the full listing displayed on an inner page. An example of this URL might be http://www.example.com/property_listings.html
In this panel you can set your default currency. Currently the available options are GBP, USD and EUR. If you require a currency other than these, please send us a support ticket and we will add it to the system.
You can also choose whether you require Notes of Interest and Closing Dates which will be of relevance to Scottish customers in particular.
BDP is designed to feed your property listing to third-party portals. We currently support Rightmove, DPG (Digital Property Group, inc. Prime Location, Find a Property and Globrix), S1 Homes and ESPC. The last two are for our Scottish clients. Simply add your account numbers into the boxes provided. We recommend that you check the Test Mode box to start off as once the default Live Mode is active, it will send the feed every hour and overwrite any data currently online with these portals.
Manage your Attributes
A demonstration video of how to configure this section is included below.
This section allows you to customise certain fields in your property listings. It is divided in to the following broad categories:
- Property Type
- Address details
- Property details
- Selling/Letting details
- Video details
- External systems
Property Type is a hierarchal list of all the different types of properties and follows Rightmove's published specification. You can un-tick any property type that's not relevant to your business to make listings management more efficient.
Address details allows you to add two additional address lines if required and to remove the option of a Display Address.
Property Details allows you to change the number of special features allowed, whether or not to display a summary, and a large number of other fields. These should all be self-explanatory, however if you have any difficulty please send us a support ticket.
Selling/Letting Details allows you to change the available status options, price qualifier options, and other fields related to the price and status of a property. Of particular note is that you can optionally have different price qualifiers for Rightmove and DPG, meaning for example that you can display POA on your own website, but Offers Over on DPG.
Video Details currently supports Shoot Home in Edinburgh. If you wish to include video please send us a support ticket and we will work with you to integrate your videos.
External Systems allows you to activate just those external portals you actually subscribe to.
Documents allows you to select which documents you would like to be able to associate with your properties.